After five days of fabulous competition at the East of England showground, showcasing an abundance of top quality horses and ponies, the overall Equifest champion of champions was crowned in front of a packed audience on Saturday evening.
It was Zoe Moore-Williams who topped a brilliant show by lifting the hotly contested title on her stunning show cob Mr Belstaff. Having claimed the SK Wilson Plant Hire Restricted Championship on Friday, the duo returned to give another faultless performance with added sparkle to wow the judges, who rewarded them with the Miss Katie Goulding’s Champion of Champions accolade.
Having brought five horses from Devon to compete at one of her favourite shows, Equifest proved a huge success for Zoe. The now six year old, Mr Belstaff went immaculately throughout to continue this year’s phenomenal success- ‘Dude’ as he is affectionately known has been unbeaten as a Novice and was placed 3rd at Royal Windsor in the open class.
Besides showing, Mr Belstaff also hunts and jumps to keep his work varied and his beautiful way of going and rideability were clear to see.
His wonderful temperament and manners shone throughout his performance. Said Zoe: “He is so quiet that my Mum who hasn’t ridden for 20 years, rides him out. He is a great asset to the team and has a temperament to die for. In fact, everyone wants to ride him!”
Zoe and Mr Belstaff faced tough competition on the way to the overall title, with a number of stunning horses and ponies in the ring. This top accolade provided a brilliant display of horsemanship and it was the handsome black maxi-cob that stood out to be called forward amongst rapturous applause from the audience. Zoe was absolutely thrilled and said: “He was foot perfect throughout and stood like a rock.”
Having only acquired the Irish bred ‘Dude’ six months ago, Zoe was over the moon with the result, “It doesn’t feel real-I only started producing professionally this year and to do it on a Novice is quite overwhelming” she beamed.
Mr Belstaff will now head to the Show Hack and Cob Championships in September to compete in HOYS qualifiers and will then contest open classes next season.